Characterzation of Marcus Brutus

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William Shakespeare is a master of characterization. Seldom are his characters one-dimensional personalities. In his play Julius Caesar, the character of Brutus is very complex with many different personality traits. These traits explain why Brutus makes certain decisions including the one to kill his friend Julius Caesar.

Marcus Brutus was a senator who was well respected by everyone in Rome. His friendship with the high ranked Julius Caesar only added to the people's respect for him. An example of the amount of respect people have for Brutus is when Cinna, Casca, and Cassius talk about how important it is to have Brutus involved in their plot to kill Caesar. They talk about how Brutus "sits high in the peoples hearts" (Act 1, Scene 3) and that with him in the group their task will look worthy in the people's eyes. This shows that the three conspirators realize that Brutus is well-respected by the people of Rome and if he joins the conspiracy they wont be thought of as a group of murders. Caesar's relationship with Brutus is mostly based on respect. Just the fact that Caesar allows Brutus to speak to him shows how much he respects him. Caesar feels that Brutus is noble to him and does the right thing regardless of personal danger. On the Ides of March, as Caesar was assassinated, Caesar's last line is: "Et tu, Brute?--Then fall, Caesar." (Act 3, Scene 1). This shows that Caesar would not die without Brutus' stab. Caesar realizes that there must be a noble reason for this assassination if Brutus was in it. This also shows how much Caesar respects Brutus and the decision he had made.

Brutus was also a very stoic character. Stoicism is a philosophical belief created by the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno. Basically, you don't let the bad things in life bring you down by keeping a cold, unemotional outlook on life. An example of Brutus following the stoic belief is when he hears the news of his wife's death. He describes the cause of Portia's...
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